BY Rose Barrett
Dublin mum, Lorna Cahill, has been living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for the past 10 years.
Usually very private about her condition, Lorna states Covid-19 has completely changed that and she has decided to run the 50k challenge this month to raise funds for MS Ireland and the MS International Federation.
“I had to stop working from March until July last year as I was considered high risk,” said Lorna. “I am a social care worker, supporting adults with intellectual disability, not really a job that can be done from home.
“I was very happy to return to the job I love in July, but by then people noticed I was working from home and this raised many a conversation. The more I talked about my MS, the more I realised that MS does not define me. It is just part of who I am.”
The busy mum of two said she felt ‘very lucky’; had she known what her future was like, she wouldn’t have so devastated following her diagnosis.
“I think I went into mourning about the life I thought I would have. I was physically fit and just six months married.”
Happily, a decade later, Lorna leads a full life – thanks to medication that works for her.
“I have chosen to do the May 50k because when I was diagnosed 10 years ago, I needed to see people like me. My image of MS was a major disability and loss of independence. I now know that this is not always the case.
“I want to help raise money for the amazing work that is being done to try and find a cure for this disease.”
There are over 9,000 people in Ireland living with Multiple Sclerosis – which means ‘many scars’. It is also the most common debilitating neurological condition impacting young adults in Ireland, affecting the motor, sensory and cognitive functioning of the body.
Three times more women than men are diagnosed with MS and it is usually confirmed between 20-40 years of age. There is no known cause or cure.
“It’s our mission to leave MS where it belongs, behind us!” said a spokesperson for MS Ireland.
“This year, MS Ireland has teamed up with the MS International Federation for The May 50k. Walk or run 50k in May whilst fundraising for life-changing research into MS, along with improving access to treatments and supporting people living with the condition.”
The challenge can be done by individuals, with work colleagues or within a virtual group. Whatever your fitness level, you can decide when and where you will complete your 50k. See https://www.themay50k.com/event/ireland/home
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